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Our Collections Our Data: Grassroots Digital Archives and Computer Programming for Absolute Beginners

Our Collections Our Data: Grassroots Digital Archives and Computer Programming for Absolute Beginners Online


  1. Who should register for this workshop? People interested in digital humanities, digital grassroots archives, history of AIDS/HIV, and LGBTQ History and the application of computer programming to these topics. No prior experience in computer programming is required. Expect a slow pace and going over basics and fundamentals.

  2. Code of Conduct. We are committed to creating a friendly and respectful place for learning, teaching, and contributing. All participants in our events and communications are expected to show respect and courtesy to others.

Course Overview

This 4-day workshop will take place on 7/26, 7/30, 8/2, and 8/4. By registering for this event you will be registering for all four days. Each day's curriculum will build upon the last, so it is important that you attend all 4 days as you are able.

The workshop will be a gathering place/skillshare for practitioners of queer digital community history, and an introduction to computer programming as a foundation for building, maintaining, and using digital community archives. We will begin by presenting and workshopping ideas for and existing digital archival projects and preparing digital material to work with in our later sessions. We will go on to learn the programming language Python to manipulate, manage, and interpret our digital documents (we will learn Python as absolute beginners, and no previous experience in computer programming of any kind will be required). We will end with a skillshare, project share, and overview of more advanced topics for future self-directed study.

Preparing your computer for the course:


Dr. Clair Kronk & Charlie Macquarie

Questions? Email charles.macquarie@ucsf.edu


This project is supported by California Revealed and administered in California by the State Librarian. The program is made possible by funding from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act.

Monday, Jul 26 2021 Show more dates
9:30am - 12:30pm
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Pacific Time - US & Canada (change)
This is an online event. Event URL will be sent via registration email.
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Charlie Macquarie